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Friday, September 22, 2017
The Lamentation of a Spiritual Couch Potato

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In episode 18 of my new series, Questions With God, I ask the question, "Does God really need us?"  Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like only a true (recovering) skeptic would ask a question like that. The fact that it's a question I've pondered for most of my life isn't something I'm super-proud of. But what's the point of all this if we're not honest, right?  

The genesis of this question is easy for me: I didn't want Him to need me, because that would mean I'd have to actually do stuff for Him, which was both scary and inconvenient. Most of us prefer religion over relationship, because religion is knowable and fits our current status quo. I know I often insinuate most "religious people" to be more conservative Christians, but honestly, some of the most negatively religious people I know are charismatics. Just because your focus is on the Holy Spirit doesn't make you any less susceptible to closed-mindedness and spiritual apathy. Just because you feel like you're enlightened doesn't mean you actually are. The danger zone is when you think you've pretty much got this faith thing figured out and are simply waiting for everyone else around you to catch up. But I digress.

I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of Christians carry a substantial amount of guilt for how little they actually do for God. I think performance is hard-wired into us at a young age—the most successful people are always the ones accomplishing the most. Therefore, we think that the most "successful" Christians are the ones doing the most for God's kingdom. And the fact that we spend way more time on Netflix than we do advancing God's kingdom in any meaningful way gnaws at us like spiritual migraine. read more
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